Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions about integrative counselling and coaching, and what it involves.

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What is Integrative counselling and coaching?

Integrative therapy uses various approaches and therapeutic tools when working with clients in their unique circumstances. It helps to look at the specialist training listed on a professional’s credentials, to learn which modalities your therapist / coach is able to use.

During the initial consultation, we will work together to decide on an approach. This is where it is useful to be working with a therapist/coach trained in numerous approaches. The recommendation for working together with our initial plan does not prevent us from using techniques from other areas, but it does offer a starting point and means that we can start using resources orientated towards this type of work during our initial sessions.

The aims set at the start of the work together will be reviewed every 4 sessions, with resources provided for reference, where relevant, after each session. Find out more here.


How long do our sessions last?

For reflective Person-Centred Therapy, exploring personal development, and interpersonal experiences, a longer–term duration of sessions is recommended. However, only you can know if the therapy has been beneficial and is something you want to continue.

For single sessions, a Solution Focused Approach and NLP Coaching can be used in a two-way conversation to work with a single topic.

Each session would be 50-minutes long, unless agreed otherwise with your therapist or coach. 


Can I still benefit from sessions online as opposed to face-to-face?

There is a substantial amount of evidence which supports the effectiveness of online/telephone-based support as a therapeutic option.

However, what matters is how you feel. Finding a therapist/coach and an approach is often an exercise in trial and error. Before you make a decision, I encourage you to talk to different therapists/coaches to get a feel for who you can work with.

If after a session or two, you aren’t comfortable with online/telephone sessions, let me know. I’ll work with you on how to move through the issues or adapt how we work together. If all else fails, we can conclude working online.

You can read more in these articles on considerations for telephone counselling and coaching online.

Do you accept insurance?

At present, I do not accept insurance policies to register new clients. All work is through private practice.


Do you do group therapy sessions?

I provide small group therapy sessions online. To find out more about group sessions online and how to join one of these groups, please register your interest here.


Do you offer psychiatric, NHS referrals?

I cannot offer psychiatric or NHS referrals, but after working together, and with your written consent, I can share your concerns with your registered GP in confidentiality if it helps to provide them with the context for referrals on your behalf.


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